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Discussion in 'Success Stories Subforum' started by Forest, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Do you have a TMS success story to share? If so, post it here. This forum is a place to post how you recovered from TMS. It is also a place to post about both your small and large successes. If your only success is walking around the block, feel free to post about here. TMS success is about regaining our lives back and doing activities that we love. If you have made progress in any area feel free to tell us about it. Sharing your story will help other people accept the diagnosis and recover as well.
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  2. IrishSceptic

    IrishSceptic Podcast Visionary

    just have a few suggestions around success stories. would it be possible to have a few extra categories like age groups, total duration of pain Pre-TMS on top of the type of pain.

    sorry for trying to create more work for you folks as I know there is so much involved but I'll have more of a think myself before writing more!

    Hopefully the RUMUR guys can get all the celebs involved in All the Rage to do a ''Thank you Dr Sarno tribute'' . I'm sure they'd be happy to oblige!
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  3. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi IrishSceptic, I'd be happy to help with the technical aspects of that and with integrating it with the other programs that we have. The challenge is that we would need someone to read the actual stories and categorize them. Similarly, we may need someone to recruit and organize volunteers. This might be hard as our community is still very small and people are very busy. However, as we grow, it may become more and more possible.

    The best way to do it would probably be through something called "tags." Tags aren't very prominent right now, but they can help people find our site and use our site, so you'll be seeing more of them in the coming years. This application would be perfect for them. By using tags for this, we would also make it more likely that people would find the stories when searching Google.

    Another idea would be to do something similar to the Success Stories by Symptom and Diagnosis section:

    I'm actually in touch with another person who is interested in doing something with Success Stories. Perhaps I can put the two of you in touch.
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  4. IrishSceptic

    IrishSceptic Podcast Visionary

    bingo, tags seem to be the way to do that alright! Im also thinking from an easy reference POV like a template. as in at the beginning of the post have a list of specific information points so a prospective person can take a quick glance and get the essential info before they read the entire thing. could maybe provide consistency.

    Person X
    Pain first started:
    Diagnoses received:
    MRI's or tests taken:
    Time to recovery from first hearing about TMS:
    Any relapses:
    Specific things that helped your recovery:
    of course this could all be debated etc but I feel it could maybe add a dimension and break up the block text style of some stories. I'd be happy to go through a few of the stories. By the way, how many stories are there?
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  5. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle


    I've given some thought to how to systematize some of the information in the Success Stories as well. I like your idea of having a simple template in the beginning that people could fill out, and then go ahead with their narrative success story.

    One of the roadblocks I always stumble on, though, is how to define "recovery". Maybe it isn't necessary--if a person feels they are recovered than that is good enough.
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  6. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    I see, so would the template idea be something for new posts that the author would fill out? That could work.
  7. jennaTMS516

    jennaTMS516 New Member

    I'm willing to volunteer
  8. jarcho

    jarcho Newcomer

    Just want to say that Dr. Sarno and his books saved my life. May he rest in peace.
    I had many years of debilitating back pain. tried everything then someone mentioned his first book and I decided to go see him and became illuminated to the truth of what was going on inside me. that all took place from 1988-1999. I saw Sarno a few times. Even flew back from seattle once. with his help and lots of years of therapy, I fully understand what went on and have been able to stop the TMS from taking over for many many years now.IE..I've been TMS free for well over a decade.
  9. runagain

    runagain New Member

    Hello All,

    First of all, Thank you Dr Sarno. Secondly, thank all of you who make up this community of generous and kind-spirited people. Thirdly, for those of you who are not sure, I would like to tell you from personal experience, you are on the right track.

    Here's my story in brief:
    Eight years ago, I was struggling and felt under pressure from my relationship, my job, becoming a father, and feeling like my carefree life was over. On a whim, I thought I would re-live my youth a bit by going skateboarding. I had some fun, nothing major, no accidents. That night my lower back felt a bit sore. The next day I felt pain like I had never experienced before. That was the beginning...

    The extreme pain lasted for 3-4 weeks; the lingering pain lasted 3 years. I tried many things, but I just got on with life. Sometimes it got worse, sometimes it got better. I resigned myself to having it for the test of my life. Then, during one bad period I got so fed up with it that I decided to search for 'alternative approaches to back pain' online. That was the turning point. I came across an article that disicussed Dr Sarno's Book. It instantly resonated. I bought it that night and read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived. I had the answer.

    To be fair it took time to accept the diagnosis (I found a TMS trained therapist, which helped a lot) and to learn to rethink my pain, but within weeks I was better than I had been for years and within months I was completely pain free and could stretch and lift and twist as if I'd never had any issues. This lasted 3 years...

    A month ago a new set of stresses crept up on me without me realising and after a vigorous session of gardening... WHAM! my back ache came back with a vengeance. I had strained my back. Only, of course, I hadn't. It was the stresses, but I didn't remember or realise immediately. For the first two weeks, I kind of remembered but really just focussed on stretching or massaging or resting or being careful with my back. My pain got worse. Luckily, we were about to go on holiday so I knew there was an opportunity to revisit what I had learned from my first 'dance with pain'. So, I put up with the pain and the fear that this 'may be for ever - again' until we arrived at our holiday destination. After a day or two, I re-read some of the basics on this TMSwiki and instantly knew I was, once again, barking up the right tree. In the last three days my pain has gone from 7-8 to 1-2 but most importantly my fear has dropped from 5-6 to ZERO.

    So, what I really want to share with those of you who are struggling is that you are on the right track and there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you are lucky and open-minded, it doesn't even have to be that far away. Funnily enough, this has been a really useful way for me to put my imagined stressors into a more realistic perspective and be a little less harsh on myself.

    I hope you stick with the advice and strategies on this TMSwiki. Without Dr Sarno and this community, I would still be living in fear and pain. You can be free too. Persist... gently...
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  10. imagination

    imagination Newcomer

    Dear All,
    I would like to share my healing story.
    Six months ago I've experienced acute lower back pain out of nowhere for the first time in my life. I thought it is kidney. I end up doing ultrasound, everything was fine. Pain disappeared after one medication but I couldn't stop thinking why did I have that pain. And then it was back, but now it wasn't only pain, it was followed with sensation in my feet, legs, gluteus..I did rendgen, mri...they said it was herniated discs on my lower back and neck spine followed with stenosis...One neurologist suggest surgery but fortunately i went for another opinion and he send me for physical therapy.
    Therapy helped me a lot but pain would come back, deep down I knew it there was sth I'm missing cause I was very active, healthy life style, I didn't injure myself so I start looking for answer...
    On internet I found Sarno book, which complete resonate with me and in that moment I accepted that I had tms and pain disappeared. But, after a week i start developing other symptoms like urgent urination and I litteraly couldn't leave my house, also constipation even though I was eating healthy...I was so stressed..Then I realized that I didn't accept 100% that is tms cause i was fearing what if my spine is really giving me issues and I read somewhere that it can hit your bladder and if you lose your control you will have to do surgery and that was my biggest fear.
    After that, I read Steve's book which was more detailed, and that book and his experience helped me so much so i got the whole picture of what was going on with myself and my life... ...I had a lot of pressure fearing that I will lose my job, ran out of money etc...He was also kind to answer me on facebook
    I start working on my emotions, first with accepting that everything is fine with my spine, that healing process comes from inside out, meditation every day.
    With the time all my symptoms were gone... I am so happy now!!!
    What I learn is most important is that fear is biggest fuel for tms and also when you put time pressure. I learned that Universe has its own timing!
    Successful stories helped me a lot as well.

    Remember, Everything is possible...Nothing is impossible
  11. mugwump

    mugwump New Member

    This is an inspiring thread.

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